Beth Lipman, One and Others, glass installation, 65"x78"x41", 2013.
Beth Lipman's One and Others sits in the center of a medium-sized gallery on the third floor of the Norton Museum's southwest wing. The installation is deceptively simple: a dramatically lit still life composed of dozens of pieces of clear glass of various sizes, all arrayed atop a black rectangular box. There are candlesticks, wineglasses, bowls, plants, pieces of fruit, an artist's palette.
My work pays homage to still life paintings from the 17th 20th centuries. Still lives can be contemplated on a purely atheistic level, or they can be interpreted on a political, moral or theological level and were usually influenced by economic or socio-cultural events. Instead of striving for illusionary perfection, the glass process is used to record of my ability to control the material at that moment.Artist explanation:
Glass has a perpetuity, or immortality to it. Even though glass is fragile, it mimics the life cycle. It has a duality to it. It’s fragile and perishable, but also perpetual.This artwork reflects a view of mortality by expressing the sensitivity of life. Life may be at times fragile and beautiful at the same time. The way Beth Lipman shows this is by creating a fragile sculpture but in ways and shapes that promote life within the artwork.